San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov is dealing with a lower body injury that will keep him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, Sharks coach Bob Boughner revealed on Wednesday.
Knyzhov, 23, spent the majority of last season paired with two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson and was named as the Sharks’ rookie of the year after posting 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and 39 penalty minutes in 56 games.
The Sharks were hopeful that the unspecified injury would heal on its own, but after lightly skating earlier in the week, Knyzhov’s “progression sort of stalled,” Boughner said, adding that the defenseman was scheduled to see a specialist for the injury later this week.
Knyzhov was not included on the Sharks’ opening night roster, which was revealed on Monday. Also injured and out for at least one month is forward Jeffrey Viel, who needs surgery on his finger.
The Sharks open the season on Saturday at home against Winnipeg.
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